All walks start at 10am (unless stated) so try to get to the meeting place by 9.30am. They usually finish at around 4pm. Meetings are open to all and free, and though booking is not essential PLEASE LET THE CO-ORDINATOR KNOW YOU ARE COMING. You may want to bring hand-lens, notebooks and field guides if you wish, relevant OS 1:25000 maps and a GPS if you have one. Suitable clothing and footwear is recommended and bring a packed lunch. Meetings marked with a * are joint meetings with other recording groups – check each for details below. If weather warnings are in the forecast the meeting may be cancelled contact the co-ordinator - Ian Bennallick Lower Polmorla, St. Wenn, Bodmin, Cornwall, PL30 5PE Tel: 01726 890384 or 07714 738189. E-mail
Sunday 10th May – HERODSFOOT WOODS (SX26). A woodland walk for spring flowers. Meet at small car park at Deerpark Wood SX19746044 from where we will walk to Trenchway and Canakey Woods.
Saturday 23rd May – LIZARD (SW61/SW71) - rare plant twitch! A repeat of the successful 2013 and 2014 walks. A walk from Lizard Village SW7012 to below Lizard Lighthouse SW7011, and around the west coast SW6911 via Caerthillian Cove SW6912 and to Kynance Cove SW6913 and SW6813, ending at Kynance Cove. Not a square-bashing day but a walk to take in most of the Lizard’s rarest British plants including Twin-headed Clover (Trifolium bocconei), Upright Clover (T. strictum), Long-headed Clover (T. incarnatum subsp. molinerii), Wild Asparagus (Asparagus prostratus), Ciliate Rupturewort (Herniaria ciliolata), Dwarf Rush (Juncus capitatus), Spotted Cat’s-ear (Hypochaeris maculata) and perhaps even Three-lobed Water-crowfoot (Ranunculus tripartitus) and Land Quillwort (Isoetes histrix). A long list of uncommon species such as Thyme Broomrape (Orobanche alba), Chives (Allium schoenoprasum) and Hairy Greenweed (Genista pilosa) should also be seen. Meet on Lizard Green, SW703125.
Tuesday 26th May – PENLEE POINT and RAME HEAD (SX44). A search for Small-flowered Tongue Orchid (Serapias parviflora) last seen here in 2008. Also a range of other species to find on the coastal grasslands and cliffs. Meet at Cornwall Wildlife Trust Penlee Battery nature reserve car park at SX436491.
Sunday 7th June – DULOE (SX25). A walk to update the 1km squares SX2358 and SX2458 around the village and down to the East Looe River. Meet by school near church, SX23425799.
*Wednesday 10th June – UPTON TOWANS, GWITHIAN GREEN and GODREVY HEAD (SW53). A walk with the Friends of Towans group, in sand dune, dune slack, cliff and wetland habitats. Meet at car park on Gwithian Towans SW58084068.
Sunday 14th June – TREGONHAWKE to WIGGLE CLIFF (SX45). A walk along the coastal squares to update SX4051, SX4151 and SX4150. Meet at small car park at Wiggle Cliff SX41955029.
Friday 19th June – WEST PENTIRE (SW76). Another chance to see the famously colourful arable fields managed by the National Trust for one of the largest concentration of rarest arable plants in the British Isles, including spectacular displays of red poppies (three species including Common, Rough and Long-headed – Papaver rhoeas, P. hybridum, P. dubium)) and Corn Marigold (Glebionis segetum) in a beautiful coastal setting. Other rare arable plants include Venus’s Looking –glass (Legousia hybrida), Night-flowering Catchfly (Silene noctiflora), Small-flowered Catchfly (Silene anglica), Weasel’s-snout (Misopates orontium) and Corn Parsley (Petroselinum segetum). Some time will be spent at Porth Joke, an unspoilt beach and cove with a nice coastal and dune flora. Meet at the car park at the Bowgie Inn, West Pentire SW77636073.
*Wednesday 15th July - PENTIRE POINT and THE RUMPS (SW97). A joint search for, and count of, Harebell (Campanula rotundifolia) plants, a species which is very rare in Cornwall. The National Trust has regularly counted flowers in previous years and we will be joining Sarah Stevens and volunteers to update the status of the population in 2015. The Harebell here appears to be the rarer western British subsp. montana. The cliffs hold other interesting species including Lotus angustissimus and L. subbiflorus. Due to restricted space at the usual Pentire Farm car park meet in the Pentireglaze Lead Mine car park SW940799.
*Saturday 18th July - Wild flowers and butterflies of PENHALE SANDS, near CUBERT (SW75). Join us for a closer look at the wild flowers, butterflies and moths to be found on Penhale Sands MOD Army Training Camp, not normally open to the public. We should find orchids and many species of Lepidoptera on this unique marsh and dune area. Jointly organised by the Botanical Cornwall Group and Cornwall Butterfly Conservation, the trip will be led by botanist Ian Bennallick, accompanied by Dave Thomas. Please bring a packed lunch. Meet by the South Gate near Treworthen Farm, Cubert (SW783566). Free, but booking is essential. Leaders: Ian Bennallick and Dave Thomas. Contact: Dave Thomas (01726) 861093 or davecarp86 at hotmail.com. Meet at 10.30am
Sunday 19th July – LISKEARD (SX26). A walk around urban areas of Liskeard to update the 1km squares SX2364, SX2464. A similar urban walk around Liskeard (SX2564) in 2014 was extremely successful increasing the numbers of species seen since 1999 from 21 to 275! Meet at Rapson’s car park, Heathlands Road, SX24986404. The car park is a Cornwall Council car park and there is no charge on a Sunday.
Wednesday 22nd July – HAWK’S TOR and SHALLOW WATER COMMON (SX17). A walk in the heart of Bodmin Moor to update SX1475 and SX1476. Meet along the minor moorland road east of Temple SX159740, west of junction off A30 eastbound. There is about a 1km walk to get to the 1km squares so we may be walking a greater distance than other walks.
Sunday 26th July - CALLINGTON (SX36). A walk around urban and country areas of Callington to update the 1km squares SX3569, SX3669. Meet at New Road (South) car park, Callington, SX359694. The car park is a Cornwall Council car park and there is no charge on a Sunday.
Sunday 2nd August – ST CLEER and TREMAR (SX26). A walk around villages on edge of Bodmin Moor in SX2668, SX2568. Meet in car park by church in St Cleer SX24806819.
Sunday 9th August – DAVIDSTOW WOODS and CROWDY MARSH (SX18). A chance to update the 1km square SX1484 and a search for Bog Orchid (Hammarbya paludosa), which was successfully found in small numbers on Crowdy Marsh in 2014. Meet on road in woods SX144844.
*Saturday 15th August - BRIDGERULE (SS20) and Sunday 16th August – KILKHAMPTON (SS21). On the Saturday there is a joint meeting with the Botany Section of the Devonshire Association to update an under-recorded area. Though the west part of Bridgerule (west of the River Tamar) is in modern Devon, for recording purposes it is still in vc2 (East Cornwall) as it was in Cornwall before the vice-county boundaries were drawn up in 1852. It is an area not recorded well by either Devon or Cornwall recorders. On the Sunday we will be in Cornwall vc2 – Kilkhampton to update a couple of 1km squares SS2511 and SS2512.
- Saturday meet at Bridgerule SS27530287 by the chapel. Parking may be difficult so try and find a space and meet by the chapel. It is intended that the group will split up to record in separate 1km squares, more details on the day.
- Sunday meet at Kilkhampton by the Church - SS25221129. If the car park is full try and find a space along one of the quieter roads and meet by the church.
Sunday 30th August – CASEHILL DOWNS and KING ARTHUR’S DOWNS (SX17). A walk on Bodmin Moor to search for Carex curta and other bog plants in SX1278 and SX1378. Meet along the moorland road west of Camperdown Farm SX119790.
Sunday 6th September – DANNONCHAPEL area (SX08). A follow-up of a spring 2013 coastal walk in the 1km squares SX0382, SX0482, SX0582, SX0483 and SX0383 to update late summer species in coastal squares. Meet at layby on B3314 between Pendoggett and West Downs SX055822.
Sunday 27th September – MOUNT EDGCUMBE and MAKER (SX45). Updating the 1km squares SX4451, SX4451 and SX4452. Meet at Mount Edgcumbe car park SX450525.
Sunday 4th October – MINIONS, south of (SX27). Updating the 1km squares SX2570, SX2571. Meet at car park SW of Minions SX259710.
Sunday 11th October – ROUGH TOR (SX18) and BROWN WILLY (SX17). A search for Beech Fern (Phegopteris connectilis) and other ferns in a less grazed National Trust managed Rough Tor, and Beech Fern and Oak Fern (Gymnocarpium dryopteris) on Brown Willy. Meet at Rough Tor car park SX138819.
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